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Time and Chanceby Sharon Kay Penman
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In When Christ and His Saints Slept, acclaimed historical novelist Sharon Kay Penman portrayed all the deceit, danger, and drama of Henry IIs ascension to the throne. Now, in Time and Chance, she continues the ever-more-captivating tale.
It was medieval Englands immortal marriage—Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II, bound by passion and ambition, certain to leave a legacy of greatness. But while lust would divide them, it was friendship—and ultimately faith—that brought bloodshed into their midst. It began with Thomas Becket, Henrys closest confidant, and his elevation to be Archbishop of Canterbury. It ended with a perceived betrayal that made a royal murder seem inevitable. Along the way were enough scheming, seductions, and scandals to topple any kingdom but their own. . . .
Only Sharon Kay Penman can re-create this truly tumultuous time—and capture the couple who loved power as much as each other . . . and a man who loved God most of all.
The second volume in a trilogy begun in "When Christ and His Saints Slept Here." Hoping to subdue the Church, Henry II--against the advice of Eleanor of Aquitaine-- raises Thomas Becket to the position of Archbishop of Canterbury. But when the once worldly Becket discovers faith, their alliance withers.
"Time and Chance" opens two years into the reign of Henry II. Having subdued his warring barons, he must now bring order to a land long-torn by banditry and bloodshed. Astute and charismatic, Henry will exercise uncommon skills of statecraft to consolidate his kingdom. The legacy he leaves is clear. He is one of England's great kings.
Hoping to subdue the Church — and against the advice of his Queen — he raises his closest confidant, Thomas Becket, to the position of Archbishop of Canterbury. But when the once worldly Becket discovers faith, their alliance withers. What Becket believes is his holy mission Henry sees as arrant treachery — and the way is paved for a murder that still echoes down to us more than eight centuries later.
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